Instapundit nails it:
Katrina taught the media that if they all swarmed Bush at once they could do harm even if — as turned out to be the case — much of what they reported was outright false. I’ve noticed a lot more of that since. The Bush Administration is quite capable of making its own trouble with PR — see the ports issue, for example — but it’s also quite clear that the media is doing this sort of thing for entirely partisan reasons.
The news is that the port-deal publicity is dying down, Iraq’s not in a civil war, and we need something to fill the headlines with anti-Bush stuff.
Oh, and Ed Morrissey spells out how the press has lied and distorted the story. And no one seems to be mentioning that Gov. Blanco told President Bush that THE LEVEES WERE SAFE AND INTACT!
This is not really new, though. The press discovered way back during the Clinton administration that if they put fake stuff out there, even if they correct it a few days later, the first impression is the one that remains. But they’ve simply stepped it up. I mean…and they’re being so OBVIOUS about it. There is nothing discreet or deft in their unending mob-attack on the president. When one weapon gives out, they just pick up another and keep going.
Stupid. People will tire of this. Over-pummel the president and the country will rebel. America loves underdogs.
And I’m wondering if we bloggers shouldn’t stop responding to these mediaswarm stories seriously – giving them gravity, respectability and a touch of credibility – and simply begin mocking them as soundly and cruelly as we can.
Dr. Sanity sounds utterly spent: I really think I need a break from the insanity of the left’s unrelenting and demented attacks on President Bush.
It’s going to get worse before it gets better. The press and the left want his absolute destruction. Nothing less will do. If they can destroy him and discredit him…well, to be honest, I think it’s the only way the Democrats can get back into power, thru despiriting the whole country in the manner in which it was despirited in 1976.
It’s harder these days, thanks to blogs, etc…so…they simply are at it non-stop.
Neo-Neocon has ripe thoughts about this
It seems to have two interrelated parts. The first is to have a role in bringing down a detested President–and in this, there is precedent. Apparently, the Times is aching to relive its dragon-slayer days (Richard Nixon being the original dragon): the publication of the Pentagon Papers, when the Supreme Court upheld the Time’s right to do so despite government claims of national security threats.
But I mentioned that the “neocons are motivated by fear” accusation has a second (although absolutely related) agenda, and that is fear of the consequences of overreaching by the executive branch of the government. Many conservatives have this fear, too (and libertarians are extraordinarily sensitive to it). But it’s a question of at what point each group draws the line between acceptable intrusions and unacceptable ones, and what they might consider justification for those intrusions. National security is far more likely to be considered a justification by conservatives than by liberals or leftists, who have a history of seeming to actively downplay such concerns.
The legacy of Vietnam is that the left has a lingering mindset that considers national security concerns to almost always be mere excuses for government spying. This is the sort of approach that led to the famous CIA/FBI firewall (I discuss the firewall’s development here)). The left, and many liberals, seem to feel that the raising of security issues in these situations is almost always bogus–a sort of screen, used by a proto-totalitarian government to cover its own misuse of power, with the goal of getting away with domestic spying on its enemies, and the further consolidation of its own power.
If this is the conception, then national security concerns must be downplayed in almost all cases, and the role of fear as motivation for those concerns exaggerated instead.
It’s a long piece – you’ll want to read it all.
Varifrank points out that with all of this poison from the press Bush is still winning what’s important. Senate Approves Patriot Act Renewal: 89-10
Confederate Yankee gives up what he’s calling THE BIG TRUTH.
Alexandra chimes in on Gov. Blanco and gives us a neat graphic, to boot.